Port Townsend and Dosewallips

We spent most of the summer exploring the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Port Townsend and Dosewallips were two of our favorite areas.

Port Townsend

In our continuing desire to scope out the northeastern corner of the Olympic Peninsula for a future home base, we’ve spent some time in Port Townsend. The town has long been one of our favorites, from childhood for me and as an adult for Brian. We love the community and small-town vibe. We love that it’s on the water and gets far less rain and far more sunshine than many areas of western Washington. We love that we can get to great hikes in the Olympic National Forest easily, drive 2 1/2 to 3 hours and be at the coast, or take a short ferry ride to visit friends and family in the greater Seattle area.

We’ve explore all over the eastern side of the Olympics and we both agree that the closer we are to Port Townsend, the happier we’re probably going to be. So next year, we hope to start looking at property. Wish us luck!

I only have one good pic from all of our visits to Port Townsend. Why? Because we were having too much fun exploring and visiting (responsibly) with friends. I’ll try to get more before we head south again.

Indigenous History

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📍Port Townsend Strait of Juan de Fuca (north side).⁠ ⁠ 🙌🏻Honoring the Aqokúlo, or Chimacum, and S'Klallam Indigenous Peoples who used to live on this land originally called Kah Tai by the S'Klallam.⁠ ⁠ 😥The Aqokúlo now have only a few remaining people who claim partial Aqokúlo bloodlines. They, along with S'Klallam and Skokomish, live mainly on the Skokomish reservation much farther south.⁠ ⁠ 🤬Some suggest war with other tribes is what made the Aqokúlo numbers dwindle to just 10 people in the 1800s and early 1900s, but other reports say it was smallpox. ⁠ ⁠ 🤔I'm willing to bet smallpox played a large part in it, probably killing many of their people and leaving others weak or in such small numbers that the other tribes were able to win more battles than usual. ⁠ ⁠ 😧And make no mistake, the S'Klallam numbers dwindled as well. It seems as though they had a higher population than the Aqokúlo before explorers and traders brought death and destruction, so their tribe ended up with more than just a few people remaining. ⁠ ⁠ 😡All of this in the name of bringing more wealth and material goods to white people. All of this because the Indigenous Peoples were thought of as 'less than' or even not human. Sound familiar? ⁠ ⁠ ❗When will it stop? When we all, white people included, raise our voices and take action to make it stop.⁠

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Dosewallips

The Dosewallips River and State Park area is naturally beautiful and abundant with shellfish. It’s not an area we want to live in because it’s too far to get to friends and family, but it’s certainly a wonderful place to visit. We can see why the area has so many cabins and vacation homes.

What Else?

Health-wise, we’re getting a little better at our keto eating and taking walks. I’m doing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, as well as some mild weight-lifting, most mornings.

Plant medicine-making has slowed down a bit. I don’t have the space for anything more. The lotion bars were successful, though a bit hard when it’s below 70 degrees. I tried a new batch with some essential oils and a softer blend and will see how the feedback goes for those.

I’ve decided less writing and more photography is in my future. That’s part of the reason you see so many Instagram embeds here. I’ve also ordered a lens set for my cell phone and am going to do my best to go through the photography course I signed up for ages ago.

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~Julie

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